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Baltimore officer charged with misconduct, perjury

A Baltimore police officer has been charged with misconduct and perjury in connection with an arrest made one month after he was publicly thanked by the city's mayor and police commissioner for his work seizing a handgun.

Prosecutors say in January 2013, officers in a covert location directed an arrest team to detain a man observed making a hand-to-hand drug deal. Officer Steven J. Slack allegedly placed the wrong person under arrest and was informed by the observing officers that he had the wrong person, but wrote up arrest documents for the man anyway, prosecutors said in a statement.

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No explanation was provided for why prosecutors believe Slack knowingly pressed forward with arresting the wrong man, and no details were provided about where the arrest occurred or the outcome of the man's case.

Slack, who joined the police department in 2006, faces charges of misconduct and perjury, and was charged through a criminal information, allowing him to avoid arrest. Attempts to reach Slack for comment were not successful.

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One month before the drug arrest, Slack and another officer were hailed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts for their work in securing the department's 1,000th gun-related arrest of the year.

Court records show Slack has been involved in hundreds of arrests as an officer, but none since April 2013.

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